Posted: May 10, 2013 11:13 AM by KBZK Media Center
Updated: May 10, 2013 11:16 AM
BOZEMAN - If you get a call from someone claiming to be the Gallatin County sheriff, telling you you've won a Publisher's Clearinghouse prize, then it's probably a scam.
A report was made to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office from someone who said that they got a call, saying they had won a cash prize from Publisher's Clearinghouse and requested them to send money to a bank in Mexico City in order to claim the cash "prize."
After this initial call was received, a second call was made to the same number and the caller claimed to be an FBI special agent, allegedly calling to verify and legitimize the first call.
That call was followed by a third call from a person claiming to be Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin also allegedly to provide legitimacy of the first call. The caller ID indicated that call came from the main number to the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office.
On the surface, this may look legitimate but it is a scam, according to the sheriff's office.
Sheriff Gootkin reminds people that if you have legitimately won a prize, you should not have to send money to claim it. Do not give out any of your own personal information such as address, bank information, credit/debit card numbers, social security information, etc. In some cases if you ask the caller for their name and number, they will disconnect the call.